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LENTEN MESSAGE – 2015
Dear Fathers, Sisters and Brothers,
Greetings from the Bishop’s House, Balasore.
With the observance of Ash Wednesday we step into the season of Lent. By the very use of the word ‘season’ we are already implying that it is analogous to the seasons of nature we are familiar with. Nature follows a pattern, with definitive succession of seasons meant for the fertility of the earth and its renewal – all intended for the passing and prolongation of life in all its forms.  Read More....

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Silver Jubilee of Diocese of Balasore was celebrated on 29th January, 2015.
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History of the Diocese

The Present Ecclesiastical territory of Balasore, Comprising the 4 civil Districts : Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar of Orissa State, was under the Archdiocese of Calcutta until 1968.Though the origin of Christianity in this part of North East Orissa can be traced back to 1514 with a Portuguese settlement in Pippilli, Balasore got a resident Priest in the person of Fr. Sapport S.J. only in 1865. He had built a beautiful church (Lal Girja) in Balasore and had started a Foundling Home, which later was looked after by the Daughters of the Cross (DC). Fr Sapport S.J. was said to be the Pioneer Missionary of Balasore. In 1915, the Daughters of St. Joseph of Chembery had arrived and opened a Convent and a School in Balasore which was functioning until 1938.  Read More....

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